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The Riverside Inn

In Cambridge Springs, PA, there is a spring that was once rumored to have mystical healing properties. In fact, its how this town got its name. And its all thanks to the Riverside Inn, a historic hotel in Cambridge Springs that was founded in 1888 by an oil well driller.

In 1860, Dr. John Gray was probing for oil on his property when he accidentally struck an underground spring. Soon enough, rumors began to spread around town that Gray’s farm workers who drank from the spring never got sick or tired. Gray also began to notice the medicinal properties of his water, and he started using it to treat his patients. Residents of the town praised the spring water’s miraculous properties, and by 1884 Gray was bottling and selling his water at a high price. The Riverside Inn was completed in 1888 near the property, and the entire area was purchased by the William Baird family in 1895.

What Dr. Gray had actually discovered was an underground reserve of mineral water, which was an incredibly popular craze in the late-1800s and early-1900s. Resorts popped up around mineral water springs all over the country, and the small town of Cambridge Springs quickly became a major tourist destination. Unfortunately, a 1908 report by the American Medical Association found that mineral water had no real healing properties, and most of these resorts were forced to close. The Riverside Inn flourished for many years after the mineral water craze died down thanks to its other amenities, though they were no longer allowed to promote their supposedly miraculous water. Today, the Riverside Inn is the only mineral water resort still standing, and it is also still a functioning hotel and resort.

Although mineral water may not have any proven health benefits, there has always been speculation that the liquid attracts paranormal energy. This may explain why the Riverside Inn is currently famous for its many spirits.

Guests have frequently reported an invisible figure crawling into bed with them. Music flows in from the ballroom when no one is playing, and apparitions of early-1900s dancers have been spotted many times in this ballroom. In addition, many guests have reported their doors opening and slamming unexpectedly. The activity occurs throughout the hotel. 

“I believe that gowns can be made a very great help in conveying emotions and moods on the stage. I find them of great assistance in playing my parts. I know that the public has come to expect eccentric, almost bizarre creations and I try to give my public what it wants in that regard, too.” – Gloria Swanson, during an interview at the Mission Inn in Riverside in 1921.

Welly well, everyone. The music video for JSG’s newest song “Tourniquet” is almost here. There will be two versions of the video, for your viewing pleasure. Alpha Version and Omega Version. Both of which will be coming your way very soon, so please be patient, dear Gypsetters.

In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peek at what’s to come, as well, here are a few little factoids for ya:

* JSG made history by being the first band that the Warner theatre had allowed to film a music video. Many well known bands were turned down previously.

* Prince V’s costume weighed 25lbs.

* The band drove 24 hours straight to get to their destination, Erie, PA.

* The filming lasted 2 days, 12 hours each day.

* V and Richter were asked to sing, NOT LIP SYNC, by the director in order to have a more emotionally theatrical overall effect.

* The second day was filmed at the Riverside Inn which is supposedly very haunted. That day, numerous strange things happened that the band actually witnessed themselves.